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  1. It truly is unfortunate because from an agency's point of view, it costs almost nothing to give realtime feeds to developers. Maybe I'm missing something, but I don't understand why they want to keep public information for themselves. For example, I found the STTR feed, but if they don't want me to use it, I won't. On the other hand, STLévis was super happy to share its data with me, first developer outside Google and Transit, and they even shared my app internally. I hope these agencies will change their mind one day. In Montreal, we can see that open data brings a lot of unique applications: Transit Tracker, GTFS Tools, Fleet Stats and there will be more!
  2. The Société de transport de Lévis is now the 30th agency on Transit Tracker! For the other agencies in Quebec, I am expecting a return from the Société de transport du Saguenay (STSag), which should open its data in the coming months. Unfortunately, the Société de transport de Trois-Rivières (STTR), the Société de transport de l'Outaouais (STO) and the Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) do not seem open to the idea of sharing their data.
  3. Version 2.3 is now online! I have added support for multiple GTFS Realtime fields, updated the map table and added route shapes. Theoretically, if the STM adds the occupancy status to its feed, it should be automatically visible in the application. With these new changes, I will add new agencies that were previously incompatible: Société de transport de Sherbrooke GO Transit Grand River Transit Guelph Transit Barrie Transit Expect to see them in the coming weeks!
  4. The number of passengers (or capacity information) should also be available for Azur trains on the Orange line, starting in October. I wonder why the STM never made this data public before, as it was already available for them. Better late than never, I guess.
  5. Transit Tracker 2.2 is now available. This update focus on the performance of the app, with the most noticeable difference being the map tab. On phones and even computers, the map was previously "laggy" and unresponsive. By changing how the map is rendered, there is now a big performance gain. Also, there is a new links section in the bottom sheet (when you select a vehicle and then expand the footer). You can now access the new GTFS Tools website by @Gerbil and FleetStats by @Blue Hybrid Bus and @West Island Transit Fan. I am also gradually adding CPTDB wiki pages for all agencies.
  6. Great work @Gerbil! The new search schedule feature is awesome!
  7. ALP-45DP are heavier when compared to F59PH, maybe the tracks are not solid enough? It reminds me of the derailment at Gare Centrale a few weeks after their introduction. -- On another note, exo has released three illustrations of their new CRRC bilevel cars. No delivery date so far. https://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/grand-montreal/202006/03/01-5276283-des-trains-a-moitie-pleins-pour-la-rentree-prevoit-exo.php.
  8. Thanks for your comment, however, I don't plan to add such features in the future. However, you should be able to see the headsign for must vehicles and the direction for all, except STM (they don't provide it). The goal of Transit Tracker is to provide an overview of the public transport network and to find out which buses are on which lines. The main "selling point" of my app is the ability to see fleet numbers. You can also see buses on special lines, like school and industrial extras. The app was never intended or made to be used as a schedule app. I don't have the resources or budget to add this functionality and there is plenty of app that do it way better that I could ever do it, like Chrono and Transit.
  9. Transit Tracker version 2.1.0 is now available. For this version, I have worked on the user interface like the home page and settings page. There are no new features, but I hope it will make the experience better for new and existing users. I also made improvement regarding the reliability of the application, which was not really good in the past week, everything should be fixed now. If the app is empty after the update, please clear your browser cache: https://support.qlik.com/articles/000041435 I have also created a Twitter account where I will tweet some stats, updates and news about the application: https://twitter.com/ttrackerca For users of the first version (on Github), you will see a dialog inviting you to use version 2 in the upcoming days. The version 1 will continue to work, but I will not make any further updates.
  10. It was with some emotion and a lot of nostalgia that I took some pictures of the very last train to pass under the tunnel yesterday. It's unfortunate that I couldn't be onboard given the circumstances, but I have many good memories of this train. The Deux-Montagnes line is the reason why I am so interested in public transport today. When I was a kid, we used to take the train to the book fair every year, and I often spent the trip in the front cabin with the engineer. The train is now part of my daily life, since two years, and this electrified line always fascinates me. Goodbye Deux-Montagnes line ♥️
  11. If VIA Rail's high frequency train plan goes ahead and shares tracks with the Vaudreuil-Hudson line, maybe the ALP-45DP will be used in electric mode? Otherwise maybe exo will exchange some locomotives with GO for their partial electrification in the future. On another subject, Ben Lomon shared a photo that shows some MR-90 cars without pantographs. Is it the beginning of the end, or the beginning of the conversion to simple non-powered cars?
  12. Unfortunately, Transit Tracker v2 will not be accessible for the next days. My server had a problem yesterday and has not been able to start since. You can still access version 1, which is on a different server : https://felixinx.github.io/mtl-gtfs-rt/ Sorry about this interruption and I will let you know has soon as it's back online. EDIT: The app is now working on a new server.
  13. Due to new instructions of the government, all REM construction sites will be closed. The Mount-Royal tunnel will stay open for now. It wasn't announced before, but the 919, 964 and 968 will not run this week. I doubt they will run next week.
  14. The 700s have received "allo exo" decals while the MR-90s got nothing. For me, it's clear that the MR-90s will stay on the Deux-Montagnes until June 2021, but we could be surprised! Also, if you use the old Comets, you will need locomotives. As @Frozen Yogurt said, there is only one link left, wich will probably be removed in a couple of months. So what will be running the shuttle will either be scrapped, transported by truck or if Junction de l'est is still open in 2021, by rail. Concerning the Chinese Bilevels, can they run on the St-Laurent bridge to Candiac? Two levels cars didn't work out in the past, I don't see why it would now.
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